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Glasgow Bridewell

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Glasgow Bridewell

Coloured cartoon from the Northern Looking Glass 14 November 1825 in the series "Glasgow Bridewell", entitled "Pious Curiousity". It depicts three women in a cell. The young woman on the right is sitting at a spinning wheel and appears to be embarassed by the conversation of the other two. The cartoonist's intention appears to be to show that innocent girls and young women could be corrupted and coarsened by incarceration in the bridewell with habitual criminals and prostitutes. The caption accompanying the image reads:

"One of the female cells in the old part of the Bridewell. The scene is one that too frequently takes place. Non scire fas est omnia: There are things a modest woman should not know."

Reference: Sp Coll Bh14-x.8

Glasgow University Library, Special Collections

bridewells, cells, convicts, gaols, girls, Glagow Looking Glass, jails, lithographs, Northern looking Glass, prisoners, prostitution, spinning wheels, women

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